L5 radiculopathy due to sacral stress fracture

Skeletal Radiol. 2003 Oct;32(10):590-3. doi: 10.1007/s00256-003-0662-9. Epub 2003 Jul 15.


We report the case of a 70-year-old man who presented with a history of left buttock pain with radiation into the left leg in an L5 distribution. MRI of the lumbar spine revealed a left sacral stress fracture with periosteal reaction involving the left L5 nerve root anterior to the sacral ala. With spontaneous healing of the fracture, the patient's symptoms resolved completely.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Fractures, Stress / complications*
  • Humans
  • Lumbar Vertebrae
  • Male
  • Radiculopathy / etiology*
  • Sacrum / injuries*
  • Spinal Fractures / complications*